ArtNet News on Ocean’s 8 from an Art Standpoint

here     thanks to @VAncilotti on Twitter.

No Spoilers here, but if you are not that familiar with the raison d’être of the Met Gala, it is always  to launch a new  themed fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute, which is in it’s own wing on the lower level. Sometimes the theme is the fashion of one individual fashion icon, for example, Jacqueline Kennedy. Sometimes it recognizes a designer, and  some exhibits focus on themes, like Hollywood glamour, etc.  This year it was a Catholic theme. This excerpt explains the fictional theme for Ocean’s 8- which also also explains the apparently rpyal sash we saw on Richard Armitage’s character, Claude Becker. ( Initially, some of us, me for one, hypothesized that he was some sort of European royalty – so much for speculation.


The planned robbery may center around a necklace, but the filmmakers paid close attention to every detail about the museum and its famed gala, which celebrates the Costume Institute and its annual spring show. In Ocean’s 8, that’s “The Scepter and the Orb: Five Centuries of Royal Dress.” At the suggestion of Anna Wintour, the film tapped Hamish Bowles, Vogue’s international editor-at-large, who has curated real-life fashion exhibitions, to create a convincing facsimile of one for the movie.

“Rather than getting into the idea of doing period costume, we framed the exhibition around the idea of royal dress, and its enduring influence on fashion designers,” Bowles said in a statement.


The Met, of course, isn’t the only facet of the New York art world on display in the film. Once released from prison, Ocean heads straight to a swanky gallery opening. She’s there to see art dealer Claude Becker (Richard Armitage), her ex-boyfriend, owner of an eponymous space at 547 West 25th Street.

Seasoned gallery-goers will recognize that address as that of Cheim & Read. The scene was shot at the space last winter, during the exhibition “Tal R: Keyhole.” Filming took place after hours, allowing the gallery to remain open as usual during the day.

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